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Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition

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What happens when you eat an apple? The answer is vastly more complex than you imagine.

Every apple contains thousands of antioxidants whose names, beyond a few like vitamin C, are unfamiliar to us, and each of these powerful chemicals has the potential to play an important role in supporting our health. They impact thousands upon thousands of metabolic reactions inside the human body. But calculating the specific influence of each of these chemicals isn’t nearly sufficient to explain the effect of the apple as a whole. Because almost every chemical can affect every other chemical, there is an almost infinite number of possible biological consequences - and that’s just from an apple.

Nutritional science, long stuck in a reductionist mindset, is at the cusp of a revolution. The traditional gold standard of nutrition research has been to study one chemical at a time in an attempt to determine its particular impact on the human body. These sorts of studies are helpful to food companies trying to prove there is a chemical in milk or prepackaged dinners that is "good" for us, but they provide little insight into the complexity of what actually happens in our bodies or how those chemicals contribute to our health.

In The China Study, T. Colin Campbell revolutionized the way we think about our food with the evidence that a whole food, plant-based diet is the healthiest way to eat. Now, in Whole, he explains the science behind that evidence, the ways our current scientific paradigm ignores the fascinating complexity of the human body, and why, if we have such overwhelming evidence that everything we think we know about nutrition is wrong, our eating habits haven’t changed.

Whole is an eye-opening, paradigm-changing journey through cutting-edge thinking on nutrition, a scientific tour de force with powerful implications for our health and for our world.

©2013 T. Colin Campbell (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Whole makes a convincing case that modern nutrition’s focus on single nutrients has led to mass confusion with tragic health consequences. Dr. Campbell’s new paradigm will change the way we think about food and, in doing so, could improve the lives of millions of people and save billions of dollars in health care costs." (Brian Wendel, creator and executive producer of Forks over Knives)

"There are very few material game-changers in life, but this book is truly one of them. The information herein - backed up by extraordinary peer-reviewed science - has the power to halt and reverse disease, give you energy you’ve never known, and put you on a path of transformation in just about every positive way. Read it and get ready to soar." (Kathy Freston, New York Times best-selling author of The Lean)

"In this provocative book, T. Colin Campbell, based on his long career in experimental research and health-policy making, uncovers how and why there is so much confusion about food and health and what can be done about it. The China Study revealed what we should eat; Whole answers why. Read and enjoy; there’s something here to inspire and offend just about everyone." (Dean Ornish, MD, founder and president, Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Sausalito)

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    Mary C 06-02-13
    Mary C 06-02-13
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I turned the speed up 1.5-2x to get through this book. The reader was well-spoken, and well modulated, but it seemed like nearly every chapter repeated something from a previous chapter.


    What could T. Colin Campbell and Howard Jacobson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Fewer repetitions of phrases and stories, as well as fewer references to being considered a heretic. Once of anything was enough. The book sounded like it was made up of a combination of speeches Dr. Campbell might have given over time, because there were so many repetitions of phrases and examples. I think the same points could have been made in fewer words.


    Did Whole inspire you to do anything?

    I have practiced eating foods as close to their natural state as possible for a number of years and am quite healthy at almost 60. I will be considering what the authors said about animal protein, but I am not completely sure I will be able to eliminate it completely...we'll see.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have liked the book better if it had been about 1/3 as long as it was.

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    Sarah Printy 02-10-15
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    "Pessimistic and Bitter View Towards the Industry"
    What would have made Whole better?

    After listening to the China Study, I was very excited to listen to T. Colin Campbell's new book, Whole. The problem is that he spends most of the time telling you how everyone else is wrong and how he was shunned. The overarching bitterness in the book really takes away from the actual good nutritional information provided. I was seriously disappointed. I would not recommend this to other people, simply for the fact that his bitterness really clouds the validity of his perceptions of a plant-based diet. As a vegan following a plant based diet, this was really disappointing from a great scientist.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The nutritional information, and research presented are definitely good info. The hard part is sifting through the rest of the "whiny" tone of the book and finding the good information.


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    A. Yoshida 01-18-14
    A. Yoshida 01-18-14
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    "Evidence for a plant-based diet"

    Based on the title, I thought this book would be about eating whole food. Instead, it's about evidence supporting a plant-based diet. Although at times it seems like a research paper, I found the information fascinating and valuable. The author talks about fallacy of reductionism - focus on a single specialty of practice, single drug, or single nutrient to treat diseases. Our culture is accustomed to doctors prescribing medication, rather than discussing diet. It's easy - pop some pills and your problem goes away. Except your problem doesn't go away. There are many side effects to medication. And why are they called "side" effects? They are effects on your body. You're trying to ingest something that your body doesn't process well. If you think you should eat more fruits and vegetables but wonder how much benefit you would get from it, this book would convince you.

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    Kenny 06-04-17
    Kenny 06-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "More technical than The China Study"

    First, read The China Study. Then you will understand this book as it explains, in more technical detail, the complexity behind The China Study. Much is repeated from the previous book but this one gives deeper understanding to the frustrations of academia, big business, and our government's interference to muffling nutritional research by scientists like T. Colin Campbell.

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    Josh Steimle Shenzhen, China 04-27-17
    Josh Steimle Shenzhen, China 04-27-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Awesome book to understand good nutrition "

    This book gave an awesome research-based overview of what comprises good nutrition, and historical context for understanding misguided U.S. health policy.

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    Charles J. Young Ashburn, VA, US 04-06-17
    Charles J. Young Ashburn, VA, US 04-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "whole food plant based diet works!"

    cancer survivor, I'm sure changing my diet is a major part of the success. great read.

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    Laurie DEARBORN HEIGHTS, MI, United States 03-31-17
    Laurie DEARBORN HEIGHTS, MI, United States 03-31-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Very Informative"

    This book is very informative about our health and how diet (what we eat) affects it. This book is not entertaining, instead it is filled with facts about food and its affects on our overall health. The author talks about how we can stay well and even reverse illnesses we already have by eating the proper diet. This book has confirmed a lot of my beliefs and opened my eyes to things I never considered. I'm in the process of changing my diet to get on board with his recommendations. Very grateful I ran across this book. I'm also in the process of reading "The China Study" that was written by the same author.

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    Michael 03-15-17
    Michael 03-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Do yourself a favor..."

    and read this book!! this book is right up there as a must with How not to Die.

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    R. A. Allen 03-07-17
    R. A. Allen 03-07-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic! "

    The author is a pull no punches guy who tells it like it is. You want a better quality of life? Grow up and make some simple choices for yourself. The narrator is very easy to listen to. Highly recommend especially if you are willing to be genuinely introspective.

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    Martin R. 03-07-17
    Martin R. 03-07-17
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    "Very thankful for this eye-opening book!"

    This book is quite extraordinary. All of the research data that he refers to sounds like it makes a lot of sense. I'm glad that this has explained to me on a molecular level how the oxidants produced by the meat that we each contribute to illness and cancer. Especially how the antioxidants in the plants that we don't consume enough of, can decrease the oxidants in our body fat ass reducing cancer rates. In addition to this book, there are many documentaries on Netflix which support everything he is saying. I hope others read this book and it catches on like a grassroots movement should!

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